The Arc of Memory in the Aftermath of Trauma

Author: Paula Morgan
This volume was first published by Inter-Disciplinary Press in 2015.

This volume explores the diversity of transnational catalysts of trauma and the interconnected nature of its global out workings. With reference to literary, filmic, visual and memorial representations, the volume reflects trauma as a multi-contextual impact emanating out of a macrocosmic and microcosmic social catalysts. The essays deal with broad issues of religious and political ideologies, imperial impulses, ethnic and national contestation and the myriad ways in which they drill down to the individual level - domestic violence and other violations, poverty and oppression, inequity, gnawing injustice and more. They also crisscross over domestic, national and global political frameworks. The essays speak to the imperative to represent painful collective pasts so as to alleviate its agony and acknowledge the right of its victims and perpetrators to give witness. By extension, it speaks to the practical and ideological imperative to engage issues of trauma, ethics and testimony.

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Paula Morgan is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Literary Cultural and Communications Studies at the University of the West Indies St Augustine. Her recent research focus is on contemporary legacies of historical traumas. Dr Morgan has authored or edited several volumes on this theme including a monograph: The Terror and The Time: Banal Violence and Trauma in Caribbean Discourse; The Culture of Violence in Trinidad and Tobago: a Case Study (co-edited with Valerie Youssef); Writing Rage: Unmasking Violence in Caribbean Discourse co-authored with Valerie Youssef.